Tuesday, March 11, 2008

King: The Lyin' That Bores

While it's tempting to pile-on NY Gov. Elliott Spitzer (D) as yet another hypocrisy-in-high-places politician with feet planted firmly in the shifting sands of deception.... we'll instead comment on the low-brow, fear-baiting racist behavior in our Iowa backyard.

Rep. Steve King (R) of Iowa's fifth district maintains "I'm not sorry about Obama remarks." Of course not, he made them purposely, for effect, as a way to draw attention to his bid for reelection.... throwing red meat to his ultra-conservative base.

Just what were the remarks he's not sorry about?

They were about what he envisions if Democratic candidate Barack Obama becomes president.... "al-Qaida and the radical Islamists and their supporters... they'll be dancing in the streets because of his middle name. They'll be dancing in the streets because of who his father was and because of his posture that says, 'Pull out of the Middle East. Pull out of the conflict...."

Of course, it's a not new political ploy. Conservative Bush Republicans loudly equate finding a way to pull our troops out of harms way in Iraq with surrender.... they need to keep justifying their support of the worst, most costly foreign policy blunder in our country's history. So that sorry beat goes on.

What is a new low, is using Obama's middle name, Hussein, and his birth father.... who left when Obama was two and not a member of the Muslim faith.... to imply that Obama is Muslim when he most definitely is not. He's a Christian and has attended Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago for twenty years.

Nevertheless, this bigoted, Islamophobic statement by King, who names Joseph McCarthy as an American hero, is just the latest of his buffoonish utterances.

While the campaigns of Obama and John McCain criticized King's remarks and distanced themselves from them, Hillary Clinton has yet to step forward and do the same.

Not surprising since in an recent interview she left the religion-baiting door ajar. When asked if she thought Obama was a Muslim, she said no...."Not as far as I know."

Really America, do you really want more years of Billary's ugly half-truths and innuendo? More well-honed politics of personal destruction.

And, Iowa's fifth district, can't Iowa do better than this circus barker, King?

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